Champions crowned at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championship During Knockout Weekend!
Knockout weekend at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in New Mexico started with seven Cal North teams playing in the quarterfinals.
The U-13 Boys San Jose Earthquakes 01 Pre-Academy knocked off Downtown LVSC 01 Academy 1-0 to advance to the semifinals. The U-14 Boys Santa Clara Sporting 99 Green quarterfinal game pitted Sporting against La Roca South 99/00 Premier from Cal South were they fell 1-3. Santa Clara Sporting 98 Boys Green U-15 faced DMS 11 Academy Premier of Cal South and pulled out a close 1-0 victory to head to the semifinals. The U-14 Santa Clara Sporting 99 Green Girls faced NW Nationals 99 Red of WA in their Friday quarterfinal match and came away with a 2-1 win. Next up the U-16 Girls Santa Clara Sporting 97 White meet Arizona Arsenal 98 Premier Teal Friday morning a 3-2 win put them into the semifinals.
The U-17 Girls Juventus Avanza's strong 3-0 win over Leahi 97 Premier of HI in their quarterfinal match sent them off to the semifinals with confidence.
The semifinals action was intense and pressure filled as teams battled for a spot in the Region IV Championships. First up, the U-17 Juventus Avanza took on the Colorado Pride Predators 97. The ladies battled hard but came up short 0-3. Great season Avanza!
In the U-16 girls semifinal SC Sporting 97 White went down 0-1 at halftime vs Cal South Beach Academy. Cal South found the net three times in the second half to pull out a 4-0 over SC Sporting.
The U-19 Alum Rock PAC Tigres won a close 2-1 game over Nevada to secure their spot in the finals.
The U-13 San Jose Earthquakes Pre-Academy came out on top of an action-filled 4-3 win over New Mexico to advance to the finals.
Santa Clara Sporting U-14 girls semifinal with Utah La Roca went into overtime all knotted up 1-1. With time running out in the 2nd overtime period, Utah fired a free kick over the top of the Sporting wall to score with no time left in OT to eliminate SC Sporting. Heartbreaking end to a fantastic game and season!
Santa Clara Sporting U-15 98 Green's 2-0 victory over La Roca TJ from Utah made it three Cal North teams headed to Sundays Championships.
The Cal North U-19 Boys Alum Rock PAC Tigres team had to decide whether to come back together to play in the Cal North State Cup one last time in their final year of eligibility. That decision paid dividends as the Tigres went on to win the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships by a score of 5-2 over New Mexico Rush 95. In doing so they advance to National Championships in Germantown MD next month, to play for the storied James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports.
NM Rush 95 lead 2-1 at halftime with goals coming from Jermey Klepac and Luke Lawrence, while Alum Rock PAC Tigres’ goal was scored by Cesar Garcia. Alum Rock reeled off four unanswered goals as both Andoni Trejo and Edwin Luna each scored a pair to ultimately win 5-2. Alum Rock will move on after a comeback victory.
SJ Earthquakes began the scoring in the opening minute of the U-13 Boys Championship game with Fabian Rodriguez finding the back of the net, but seven minutes later it was Erik Celestino equalized for FC Golden State. Alan Piceno gave FC Golden State the lead in the 27th minute, and Matthew Hoppe added an insurance goal in the 65th minute as FC Golden State PDA 01 from Cal South defended their 2013 Region IV Championship against SJ Earthquakes with a 3-1 win.
In the U-15 finals Santa Clara Sporting 98 Green faced off against Pateadores San Diego, who were looking to became the third straight team to defend their Region IV Championship in the Under 15 Boys group. Pateadores scored in the 19th and 80th minutes to secure a tough 2-0 win over Sporting 98 Green.